To understand clay, it may first be necessary to understand rock, water, salt, fire... To understand life, it may first be necessary to understand joy, fear, love, gratitude…
My ceramic works are my engagement with material as I find beauty in observing and placing my hands in the phenomena of the earth. My muddy footprint in the riverbank is as much my work as the teapot I make from the clay I find there. Stacks of firewood become sculpture when handled with careful attention—they become heat and glaze when thrown into the kiln. My work creates sensitivity to a material dynamic that is ever-present in the world. To that end, I create visual evidence through sculpture and I display movement and material cohesions in my pots. It is my intent to draw my audience’ attention to what is constant around and within them. In my work, as in the world, there is no encryption to be interpreted, only free phenomena to be taken in with an openness toward discovering meaning.
It is as obvious as it is subtle, that when condensation forms on the windshield as you get into the cold car it means you are made of water. As you drink from a cup made from mud and stone, it means you are made of the earth. The cup doesn’t have to be remarkable—the cup is the remark.
The purpose of art is to provoke understanding.